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December 30, 2003

Atlanta - Blood donors are usually scarce during the holidays, but it's worse this year because of the flu and military deployments.

American Red Cross officials say they have collected 10,000 fewer units of blood this year at military bases in the southern region. When military personnel return to the states, there still will be a shortage.

Due to mad cow disease scares, those serving overseas may not be able to give blood for up to a year, depending on where they were stationed.

Colquitt County American Red Cross Volunteer, Lee Russell, says, "It's a shortage now. We need blood now, but later it's going to be more important that people to come and make a donation to support the young men who are in service. It's a way to help them."

The American Red Cross says you cannot contract the human form of mad cow disease by giving blood.

There are few blood drives coming up...

  • January 6th, 10 AM to 3 PM at the Agricultural Center in Colquitt County.
  • January 8th, 1 PM to 6 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Moultrie.
  • In Albany, the Red Cross Blood Center is extending its hours during the holiday weekend. The Dawson Road center will be open from 8 AM until 4 PM each day for the rest of the week, except New Year's Day. On January First, the center will open from 9 AM until 2 PM.
  • You can call 1-800-GIVE LIFE to find a location near you.

posted at 5:25PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com